In our Junior Department, encompassing Years 1 to 4, we embrace a hands-on approach to our learning, building on the child-centred foundations set in the Early Years. We strive to engage our children, foster their strengths and challenge each individual to be the very best that they can be.
In keeping with our school ethos - to encourage learning, independence of thought and the cultivation of self-belief, skill, wisdom and curiosity - we believe a thematic curriculum (one where the different elements of the children’s learning centre around a common topic) offers the ideal platform.
Subjects are introduced with exciting trips and experiences such as visiting Bristol Zoo to introduce the Year 3 Rainforest topic. Furthermore, experiences such as wearing Viking helmets whilst listening to Nordic folk tales and dressing in Victorian costumes all help to capture the children’s imagination, immersing them deeper into each subject.
Drawing upon the expertise of our subject specialists, our compelling curriculum has been developed by our primary experts and is an enhanced version of the skill-based International Primary Curriculum (IPC). It is a curriculum which helps to engage and inspire children of all abilities as a result of stimulating, child-centred, thematic, cross-curricular termly units of work which encourage collaborative learning and address learning styles. These units focus primarily on the teaching of History, Geography and Science in the classroom and link to learning with subject specialists in Art, Music, Creative Design, Science, IT and Forest School. Additionally, the children enjoy lessons in RE, French, Spanish and Drama as well as engaging in a varied sports programme giving them a stimulating and well-rounded experience. Do please visit the individual subject pages to find out more.
The Junior Department at All Hallows is truly an exciting and engaging place to learn.
Listen to Helen Mewburn talking about the International Primary Curriculum on our school podcast: